Preparing for the High Peak Marathon

Many years ago a friend told me about this race. He said I'd love it. It was called the High Peak Marathon but it wasn't actually a marathon, it was quite a bit further than that. He said that it was nearly all pathless, crossed the bogs and hills of the Dark Peak and that …

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High Peak Marathon 2017 Race Report

You can read about the year's worth of preparations here Race Night On the night of the race we met up at a packed Edale Village Hall and huddled in a corner near the kitchen. I packed my bag, unpacked, put a layer on, repacked, went to the toilet, unpacked, repacked, went to the toilet, …

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Part 5 – My first ultra marathon – the V3K – Welsh 3000s in one day.

Preparation I arrived embarrassingly under prepared. I was about to take part in my first ever ultra marathon (this is just a footrace that is longer than a marathon) and by the time I swung my sandaled feet out of my car, it was late enough for the near solstice sun to have dipped behind …

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Part 2 – Welsh 3000’s in Two Days

It's 2011. I'd completed a few of the classics by now, National 3 peaks, Yorkshire 3 peaks etc and so started to look for the next challenge. I wondered what other attention grabbing ticklists there were to complete in Wales.  After all, my very first mountain was in Snowdon and my curiosity about those other outlying …

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Number on the front – a transition from cycling to running

The summer of 2015 was a landmark summer for my cycling. It was the first year that I had not gone faster than the previous year. Suddenly I was no longer new to cycling and was no longer magically improving.  Deeply distressing indeed. I knew exactly why this was. I'd simply not ridden enough. Rather than …

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Harvest Sunshine – A Run Round the Cliffs of East Yorkshire

The Yorkshire coast is an impressive place. From a cycling point of view the sea is just one large barrier. A scenic obstruction, granted, but ultimately a windy place where your bike ride ends. Leaving the bike in the garage and whipping out the tiniest running shorts you own unlocks miles of coastal path. Often …

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